Milestone: Baby Bed to Toddler Bed (take one)

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are currently in the ongoing battle with the tiny human in my home when it comes to bed time. ¬†The first few nights were a breeze at bed time! My little guy was so excited that he could climb into his bed all by himself! However, it didn’t take long for him to realize that now he had even MORE access to his toys and the rest of the house.

Here are some of the things we’ve tried so far to transition him:

1. Baby-proof door knob covers.

Since we already had the baby proof door knobs on practically every door in the house already, we tried putting one on the inside of his door so that he could not roam the house.

Outcome: He would stand at his door knocking saying “MOMMY! I want out!” He doesn’t seem to realize that as much as I love his sweet voice, hearing him yelling in the middle of the night isn’t exactly fun for me.

2. Returning him to his bed.

I feel like this is going to be an ongoing thing we have to do until he figures out he mean business! If I stand at his door and say “get back in bed” he usually realizes he’s been caught, returns to his bed, covers his eyes with his hands and pretends to be asleep.

Outcome: He still gets out of bed and ends up with random monster truck or helicopter toys with him in the mornings.

3. Co-Sleeping.

We have never really done co-sleeping in our home because of all the risk factors that come with it. On the other hand, sometimes it’s easier to just put him in bed between my hubby and I as soon as the sun comes up prior to my alarm sounding than it is to fight him back into his bed.

Outcome: My face getting played with and poked while hearing such a sweet voice saying “mommy get up!”

So far, we’re still working on it! I’ll post another update when we find something that works!

ūüėČ Joni

Shrimp Bites

2 sticks butter, softened                    1 tsp. garlic powder

1 (16 oz) jar Cheese Whiz                  1 lb. fresh shrimp, cooked and diced

2 tbsp. mayonnaise                            12 English muffins, quartered

3 shakes Tabasco sauce

Combine all ingredients, except English muffins in a large mixing bowl. Spread in a large pan at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown. Can be frozen, but should be baked for 5-8 minutes longer before freezing.  Makes 10-12 servings.


Frosty Minted Lemonade

1 cup of sugar

2 cups water

1 cup lemon juice

8-10 mint leaves

1 quart lemon soda


Combine 1 cup sugar with 2 cups water.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add 1 cup lemon juice (fresh frozen or bottled), ice cubes and 8-10 mint leaves, if desired.  Shake hard.  Add a 1 quart bottle of carbonated water (lemon soda).


Serve immediately over cracked ice in tall glasses.  Top with fresh mint sprig.

Strawberry Lemonade

4 quarts Strawberries, hulled

4 cups fresh lemon juice

4 quarts water

2/3 cups sugar (your preference for sweetness)


In a food processor or blender, puree the strawberries.  In large pan, add strawberries, lemon juice, water and sugar. Stir 10 minutes over medium heat.  DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat, skim off foam.  Pour into pitchers and enjoy over ice.  Serves a crowd. Can be frozen and thawed. Delicious as shaved ice.

Quantity Fruit Punch

3 quarts pineapple juice

3 cups orange juice

2 1/2 cups sugar

4 1 pint, 12 oz bottles ginger ale

2 1 pint, 12 oz bottles carbonated water

1 1/2 cups lemon juice

1/3 cups lime juice

1 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves


Combine juices, sugar and mint.  Chill. Just before serving, add remaining ingredients. Pour over cake of ice in punch bowl. Serves 75 4 oz. servings